FAQs on Coronavirus testing
What tests are accepted for travel to other EU countries?
The European Union has agreed on a list of rapid tests (antigen) accepted in all EU countries.
To be valid in the European Union and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the tests (molecular or antigenic) have sensitivity equal to or greater than 90% and specificity equal to or higher than 97%. The result must be in English or in a language recognized in the country where you are going.
In addition the following information must be present on the result:
Read more details on the website of the EU
- Date of birth
- Type of Test, including the name of the manufacturer of the test (for antigen tests)
- Name infection tested (SARS-CoV-2)
- Date and time
- Test Center Details
What is Italy’s Green Pass for travel or the EU's COVID travel pass?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), is a document that allows people to travel to/from all 27 member states of the European Union.
A Digital Green Certificate is a digital (and if requested also a paper) proof that a person has either
- been vaccinated against COVID-19; or
- received a negative test result; or
- recovered from COVID-19
The pass is issued by hospitals, test centres, health authorities etc. It consists of information about the individual and their vaccination/test/COVID recovery. The digital version consists of this information and a QR code stored on the individual's mobile phone.
The certificates should be rolled out for issuance and verification by summer 2021.
More information is available on the EU's website
What is a PCR or Molecular test?
The RT-PCR antigen test (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) is the standard gold method to quickly and accurately identify any traces of Covid-19 current infection in the body. This is the most common type of test used to prove that you are currently infected when travelling abroad.
These tests require a swab, which can be self-administered or performed by a healthcare professional. These swabs are then sent to a specialised laboratory which can often return results in less than 24 hours.
What is a rapid Coronavirus test?
Unlike PCR tests that require sending swabs to a specialised laboratory, the rapid tests (also called antigens) can return results without being sent to a specialised structure. Some tests provide results even while waiting in less than fifteen minutes. These tests are also known as lateral flow method or fluorescence.
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